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COVID-19 Island County


Island County in Phase III of "Safe Start" Reopening Plan

On June 19, Island County received approval to move into Phase III of Governor Inslee's "Safe Start" phased approach. With this approval, business services and activities listed in Phase 3 of the Safe Start plan are now permitted, provided appropriate guidelines and safety measures are implemented.  See the complete approval letter for additional information. Guidance and safety criteria for reopening can be found on the "Safe Start" webpage.

June 19, 2020 Press Release


Island County in Phase II of "Safe Start" Reopening Plan

On May 23, Island County received approval to move into Phase II of Governor Inslee's "Safe Start" phased approach for resuming recreational, social and business activities, subject to conditions. Every phase will still require social distancing and appropriate health precautions including the use of personal protective equipment in a number of workplaces.  See the complete approval letter for additional information.  

Camping in Island County remains prohibited. Guidance and safety criteria for reopening can be found on the "Safe Start" webpage.


May 23, 2020 Press Release


**ATTENTION PLEASE**

In compliance with Governor Inslee's extension of his "Stay at Home, Stay Healthy" proclamation, the Island County Board of Commissioners' Office will remain having limited access to the public. We are still available to serve the public, but we are limiting personal contact. We encourage you to give us a call at 360-679-7354 and schedule an appointment. 

Thank you,

Board of County Commissioners and Staff

If you would like to read any of the recently adopted resolutions in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, please click on the links below:

For up-to-date Island County COVID-19 information, please click here.


 **PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC MEETINGS**

On July 8, 2020, Governor Inslee issued an extension to Proclamation 20-28.7 in response to the COVID pandemic.  While Island County has moved to Phase III, the in-person component to a public meeting has been included, as long as meeting requirements (including Order 20-03 regarding facial coverings) are being adhered to by the public and staff. Social distancing is still highly encouraged.  Remote access to Board meetings are still available to continue promoting social distancing.  Staff and the public are may participate by accessing the meetings via telephone or video.

Please visit the weekly Regular Session Meeting Agenda or Work Session Agenda for the meeting ID number by clicking the links below: 

If you have questions about attending the Board meetings, please do not hesitate to call our office at 360-679-7354. 

**PUBLIC HEARING COMMENT INFORMATION**

Island County would like for its citizens to be able to provide public comment during this period of social distancing.  If you wish to make an oral public comment, please see the upcoming agenda links listed above.  

If you would like to provide written comment to the Board, please email your comments to CommentBOCC@islandcountywa.gov.  In your comment, please make sure you include the following: date of the Hearing and the item you wish to provide written comment.    Written comments will not be read during the meeting.  All Board members will receive the written comments.  Thank you for your understanding.


**PUBLIC RECORDS DISCLOSURE INFORMATION**

CHANGES DUE TO GOVERNOR INSLEE’S PROCLAMATION & COVID-19 EMERGENCY

PUBLIC RECORDS DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

30-JUL-2020: EXTENSION OF PROCLAMATION 20-28 DUE TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY

On July 30, 2020, the Washington State Legislature approved Governor Inslee’s request to extend Proclamation 20-28 through September 1, 2020.
  • The requirement that agencies respond to PRA requests within 5 business days is suspended only for requests not received electronically through September 1, 2020. Public records requests received electronically will receive an initial response within 5 business days. Records production in response to requests may be delayed. Each County department and office will make a good faith effort to communicate with records requestors in a timely manner as staffing availability and workloads allow during the COVID-19 Emergency.
  • All in-person business pertaining to requests for records is suspended, including: making a public records request in person, onsite inspection or copying of records, and picking up records onsite until September 1, 2020 or the end of the COVID-19 emergency, whichever is sooner.

Island County Commissioners

Mission Statement:

Quality Services for a Quality Life

Guiding Principles:

  • Provide for the long term health and safety of the people, the economy and our natural resources
  • Assure customer service & promote operational excellence and efficiencies of Island County
  • Promote active participation in government.
  • Fulfill our constitutional responsibilities, holding ourselves to a high standard of accountability, transparency, ethics and fairness.
  • Maintain agricultural & recreational opportunities while strengthening our economic vitality.

Historical Note:

Island County's first Commissioners' meeting takes place in Coveland April 4, 1853.

On April 4, 1853, the first Island County Commissioners' meeting took place in Coveland, the newly designated county seat, located on Penn's Cove northwest of Coupeville on Whidbey Island's east coast. The meeting was held at the home of Commissioner John Alexander. The other two commissioners attending were John Crockett and Samuel D. Howe.

Island County was one of four counties carved out of Thurston County by the Oregon Territorial Legislature. At the time, it included the future Island, San Juan, Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties.

The first regular business for the Commission was a proposed road to Coveland from Ebey's Landing on the west side of the island. The board approved a petition for the road from Colonel Isaac N. Ebey (1818-1857) and 11 others. They appointed Ebey, Daniel Show, and Samuel Crockett to lay out the county road, as requested. They also appointed Hugh Crockett as sheriff.

The Board:

The Board of County Commissioners is the County's legislative and executive authority and is made up of three commissioners elected to four-year terms. The county is divided into three geographic districts based on population and at the time of election, each Commissioner must live in the district from which they are elected. The County Commissioners' positions are partisan and are nominated in a primary election embracing only their particular district. All voters in the county are given an opportunity in the general election to select the commissioner who will ultimately serve.

The Commissioners are charged with overseeing county operations; financial and budgetary matters; and the adoption of laws that regulate county growth, health, safety and welfare of its citizens.

Board Meetings:

The Board of Island County Commissioners meets in regular open session the first four Tuesdays of every month at 10:00 a.m. and the fourth Tuesday beginning at 2:00 p.m. for Roundtable discussion with Elected County Officials and Appointed Department Heads.

Tuesday meetings are televised via a videoconferencing link to Island County's Camano Annex offices, 121 N. East Camano Drive south of Camano Plaza and Camaloch Golf Course. A public comment period is scheduled at 10:00 a.m. on the first four Tuesdays of each month.

The Board also meets regularly on the first three Wednesdays beginning at 9:00 a.m. for Work Sessions with Elected Officials and Appointed Department Heads and the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. as the Island County Board of Health.

Meetings are held in the Commissioners Hearing Room located downstairs in the Courthouse Annex Building, Room #B102, at 1 NE 6th Street in Coupeville, Washington.

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